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Address: 5925 Seminole Valley Tr. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52411
Phone Number: +1 319-286-5763
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9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Ushers Ferry is open to the public for touring June-August, Monday-Friday,...

Ushers Ferry is open to the public for touring June-August, Monday-Friday, from 9:00 a.M. - 3:30 P.M. Call for more information on off-season hours and availability. Ushers Ferry Historic Village provides the citizens of Cedar Rapids and Eastern Iowa with a venue for family friendly activities, events and programs that build community from the historical perspective of a small Iowa town at the turn of the 20th century. Located on a ten acre site in beautiful Seminole Valley Park, Ushers Ferry features 20 historic buildings that depict life in a small Iowa town between the years of 1890 and 1910. The village features approximately 20 historic buildings, a picnic pavilion, bandstand, and a Lodge banquet facility capable of seating up to 300 persons at tables and chairs. The village offers school tours, special events and educational programs throughout the year and is available for weddings and corporate or private party rentals.

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Interesting place, would be better to go during an event

My two year old son and I came here on a random Thursday and we were the only ones here for most of our stay. It was nice and quiet but some of the buildings were not open and I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
Coralville, Iowa
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

Its a very cool place to visit as long as you visit during the summer.One time when I went we got about two houses in and they started locking the houses. When we asked them why they said it was because of school trips and to come bake when schools out. But when I decided to try them again during... More 

Thank JaderTader
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

The staff at this venue are complacent with their jobs and want to leave for home as soon as they possibly can (even if that means making people end their events early)They were rude to our guest. They fabricated stories to keep our entire deposit. Our wedding was mild at best. Average age of our guest was mid 50's ....... More 

Thank Chris Victoria C
Solon, Iowa, United States
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

Beware of rude overbearing staff, hidden fees and penalties. The staff really did their best to ruin a beautiful night! Find another venue! It is not worth the stress and frustration here!

Thank Mwbulechek
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

DO NOT.....I REPEAT....DO NOT have your wedding at this location if you are thinking about it. The staff is absolutely horrible and believe me you do not want to have to deal with them. I sincerely wish I could rate this place with zero stars. The staff lies, they come up with charges after your wedding even though you signed... More 

Thank Katie C
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

A fabulous evening from 5-6:30 with my grand daughters, ages 3 and 4. We enjoyed the hay rack ride, bonfire, crafts, and popcorn and sarsaparilla in the saloon as the barmaid played the piano.

Thank Cynthia M
Coralville, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

My two year old son and I came here on a random Thursday and we were the only ones here for most of our stay. It was nice and quiet but some of the buildings were not open and I would have liked to go in the general store and hotel, in particular. Fortunately we don't live far from here... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

I have immense interest in vintage and primatives so I got to help field questions from the kids. They have lovely facilities there and the "guides" are very sweet with the children. (I am not sure when I went, so guessed on the date.)

Thank Mauryne S
Rapid City, South Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

This place is just lovely. We brought the nieces and nephews here for an event, the kids really enjoyed the food vendors, walking around and checking out the historic buildings. It's never been busy any time we've stopped here, which makes it easy to enjoy the settings.

Thank Coby S
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

It a fun place to visit, I have been here a couple of time for company events. It is interesting to see the history in each of the building. It is a nice little day trip for the family.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We arrived at this small village not knowing it was closed for the season but it did not matter to the staff there who opened up all of the buildings for us and answered any questions we had. Very nice way to spend the day

1 Thank ella z

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